Townes

10:00–12:00 – 8.3.2018.

Soda Fountain nastavlja s trendom posvetnih lista određenim glazbenim velikanima. Ovog je tjedna izbor pao na covere skladbi Townesa Van Zandta, koji bi, da je živ, 7. ožujka proslavio 74. rođendan.

Ovotjedno je izdanje Soda Fountaina zamišljeno kao jedno od onih ‘posvetnih’, sazdano od obrada skladbi određenog autora, te pokojeg njegovog originala, dakle prateći već uhodani model (The Beatles, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Neil Young, The Clash) koji se pokazao uspješnim.

Zašto baš Townes Van Zandt? U prvom redu zato što je riječ o jednom od uistinu najvećih američkih singera-songwritera, čovjeku kojega je čak i jedan Dylan proglasio ‘svojim najdražim kantautorom’, što, imate li u vidu Bobov poslovični narcisoidni egoizam i nije baš mala svar.

TVZ2-793x526Iako širim masama ne baš pretjerano poznat – u stvari, njegove su pjesme poput Tecumseh Valley, Pancho & Lefty ili If I Needed You čak i poznatije u verzijama Willie Nelsona, Johnnyja Casha, Merle Haggarda ili Lucinde Williams – Townes je uz Joe Elyja, Davida Allana Coea, Steve Younga i Guy Clarka koji je nekom nesretnom, čudnom koincidencijom preminuo upravo u vrijeme pripreme ove emisije ono ultimativno ime tzv. texaške škole (ako vas ova tema zanima, pogledajte izvrstan dokumentarac Heartworn Highways snimljen 1975., a objavljen 1981.), te mlađih snaga poput Stevea Earlea, Rodneyja Crowellaili pak Lylea Lovetta.

01 Townes Van Zandt – Dollar Bill Blues
02 Steve Earle – Tecumseh Valley
03 Knife In The Water – Two Girls
04 Billy Joe Shaver – White Freightliner Blues
05 Guy Clark – To Live’s To Fly
06 Norah Jones – Be Here To Love Me
07 Gerry Heffern – Sanitarium Blues
(intermezzo: Kris Kristofferson talks about Townes Van Zandt)
08 Fort King – Loretta
09 Azure Ray – For The Sake Of The Song
10 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Snake Song
11 Steve Von Till – The Spider Song
12 Johnny Dowd – Brand New Companion
13 Great Lake Swimmers – Our Mother The Mountain
14 The Walkabouts – Snake Mountain Blues
15 Townes Van Zandt – Sixteen Summers, Fifteen Falls
16 David Munion – Snowin’ On Raton
17 Steve Earle – Pancho & Lefty
18 Willie Nelson – Marie
19 The Deep Dark Woods – Silver Ships Of Andilar
20 Cowboy Junkies – Waiting Around To Die
21 Rowland S. Howard – Nothin’
(intermezzo: Steve Earle talks about Townes Van Zandt)
22 Tindersticks – Kathleen
23 Christina Kulukundis – If I Needed You
24 Michael J. Sheehy – St. John The Gambler
25 Luluc – None But The Rain
26 Steve Wynn – Lungs
27 Lyle Lovett – Flyin’ Shoes
28 Townes Van Zandt – Rex’s Blues

Također, uredništvo emisija eXit i Soda Fountain ovim pokušava popraviti dojam zapostavljenosti ovog vanserijskog kantautora – naime, uz povremeno emitiranje snimki nekih koncertnih nastupa, Townes je tek jednom zadobio termin glavne zvijezde subotnje večeri, a i to je bilo relativno davno, još na bivšem radiju KL. Pomalo neshvatljivo, znajući uredničke afinitete prema njegovom liku i djelu… Uskoro ćemo se potruditi korigirati taj propust.

Townes Van Zandt je umro relativno mlad, na novogodišnje jutro 1997. Imao je nepune 54 godine, no desetljećima duga odanost alkoholu i heroinu je uzela svoj danak. O njegovom utjecaju na vlastitu generaciju ali i na one koje su došle kasnije možda ponajbolje govore imena uključena u današnju listu. ne dvojite, već preslušajte!

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Sometimes I don’t know where this dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I can’t even see the reason why
I guess I keep on gamblin’, lots of booze and lots of ramblin’
It’s easier than just a-waitin’ ’round to die

One-time friends I had a ma, I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once cause she cried
She told him to take care of me, she headed down to Tennessee
It’s easier than just a-waitin’ ’round to die

I came of age and found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hit it on the sly
I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train
Seemed easier than just a-waitin’ ’round to die

A friend said he knew where some easy money was
We robbed a man and brother did we fly
The posse caught up with me, drug me back to Muskogee
It’s two long years, just a-waitin’ ’round to die

Now I’m out of prison, I got me a friend at last
He don’t steal or cheat or drink or lie
His name’s codeine, he’s the nicest thing I’ve seen
Together we’re gonna wait around and die

/Townes Van Zandt, Waitin’ Around To Die/

 

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07/03/2018

autor: Vjeran Stojanac

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